Bengaluru: Embassy Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Karnataka, Department of Education for the all-around improvement of Government Schools in Bangalore. The scope of the MoU is to provide educational resources, infrastructural support and a holistic health programs for 20 Government Schools at a budget of Rs. 15 Crores.
The MoU will be signed for a period of two years, starting from October 2020 to September 2022, renewing the previous MoU, which was signed on November 2018.
Speaking on the renewal of the partnership, Sri S.R. Umashankar, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Primary & Secondary Education, Government of Karnataka, said “It is extremely heartening to see corporates such as Embassy Group providing a model for partnering with the Government in providing equitable education to our underprivileged children. We are very pleased to renew this meaningful partnership to strengthen our existing education system, and hope such initiatives encourage other corporates to join us.”
Jitu Virwani, Managing Director and Chairman, Embassy Group, said, “At Embassy Group, we strongly believe that a robust public education system is vital to empowering the next generation and strengthening our nation. Striving to open new educational doors for Bangalore’s under-privileged students, we are very happy to partner with the Department of Education. We hope that this will inspire more corporates and NGOs to join hands with the Government in these endeavors to deepen our collective impact.”
Under the MoU, Embassy will implement educational programs including annual distribution of starter kits, Maths, Life Skills, Sports, E-classrooms, scholarships, educational tours, after-school academic support, an alumni program and Art & Crafts. The Group will also provide new school buildings, repairs & renovations and daily maintenance to these adopted Government Schools.
In addition, the Group has provided preventative and detective health interventions in Government Schools since 2016. Noting that there was a general lack of understanding of preventative measures to combat common health problems, Embassy, in collaboration with Cerner (their corporate partner in CSR Healthcare initiatives), designed a targeted 7-step program that could tackle these issues in a comprehensive manner. Leading healthcare partners support on-ground delivery of comprehensive preventative awareness, screenings and treatments.
During Covid-19 pandemic, Embassy has instituted a series of relief initiatives for their adopted Government Schools. The Group and its partners have begun the distribution of health kits to 8,400 students across 34 Govt. Schools in Bangalore. In addition to the regular health kit items, a set of re-usable masks and an awareness poster that emphasizes tips to combat the spread of Covid-19 and other common ailments was handed out. Throughout the lockdown, Embassy has distributed over 3.77 meals through dry rations for Government School students and their families till date.